Too Soon for Pumpkin Booze?

Our Stories / September 3, 2015 / No Comments.

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It’s that time of year where we split into two categories: those that gripe about Halloween candy and decorations and pumpkin flavored things coming to early and those that can’t wait for ghosts and costumes and fall-flavored beer. Pumpkin beer has been released earlier and earlier each year—with some releases coming in the summer. Industry wise, there are good reasons for this. Most people’s consumption of pumpkin beer drops after October 31st and the availability of fresh pumpkin doesn’t matter as much for production since most consumers prefer their beer to taste more like a Starbucks drink. The popularity of pumpkin beer has skyrocketed over the last few years with everyone from small breweries to big names like Sam Adams and Michelob getting in on the fall flavor. If you’re excited to try out some pumpkin brews with fall barely on the horizon, check out some beers that are making pumpkin available early.

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  • Cocktail Corner: Shrub Cocktails

    Cocktail Corner / September 2, 2015 / No Comments.

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    When you think of a shrub your mind probably travels directly to that misshapen plant that sits in your front yard. But that’s not where we’re going with this. In the alcohol world, a shrub is a sort of simple syrup made by combining fruit, sugar and vinegar. The fruit will mix with the vinegar and sugar to produce a wonderfully flavored syrup that goes great with some soda water and liquor. Sounds a little funky, right? Well depending on what you choose to mix with your shrub, the result can be an unexpected treat that’s equally sweet and tart.

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    Booze News Weekly

    Booze News Weekly / September 2, 2015 / No Comments.

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    Do you ever find yourself getting bored with your go-to booze? When you’ve grown tired of that mundane drink order, we’ll be here to walk you through what’s new and noteworthy this week:

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    MixStik : Mix Like A Pro

    Featured Story / September 1, 2015 / No Comments.

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    Sometimes when we’re watching the bartender whip up a drink we can’t help but wonder why we don’t learn to make some top notch cocktails ourselves. MixStik takes the guesswork out of measuring (Is this an ounce? What does “one part” mean?). MixStik is an LED stick that connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth. The colored lights correspond with the ingredients in the cocktail you have selected and helps you measure your pours and keep track of your ingredients.

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    Booze On Wheels

    Featured Story / September 1, 2015 / No Comments.

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    The food truck trend has been on the rise for quite a while now. As more and more options appear, we can’t help but notice something missing with our curbside meals. What good is a gourmet burger or a greasy pile of fries if you can’t wash them down with a cold one? Why bother ordering cupcakes if there isn’t a tiny bottle of Prosecco alongside it? The convenience and quirk of the trucks have blinded us from what we consider to be a basic human need.

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    A Twist on Tequila!

    Spirits / August 31, 2015 / No Comments.

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    Now let us ask you this: what do Cotton Candy, Bacon, and Black Peppercorns all have in common? You guessed it. They’re all available in a flavored vodka. It’s no surprise, especially if you’ve been keeping up with our Booze News Weeklies, that American liquor companies are all about developing a variety of flavors for our sugar craving palates. However, Fortune Magazine recently called out one style of booze that’s been a little reluctant to jump on this bandwagon: tequila.

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    Her Shot: BITE Wine Lipstick to Keep Em’ Young

    Her Shot / August 31, 2015 / No Comments.

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    If we’ve got wine in one hand, we’ve got lipstick in the other. As two staple products of women across cultures, wine and lipstick are a killer duo for a sophisticated evening, daytime excursion, or bountiful brunch. But if we thought wine and lip tick were a classic combo before, now its absolute. Proving wine is useful in countless ways, BITE Beauty Company has created a lip product containing the antioxidants found in red wine.

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    Today, we toast to the Toasted Marshmallow (see what we did there?)

    Cocktails / August 30, 2015 / No Comments.

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    In honor of Toasted Marshmallow Day, we are heading outdoors. We want to know: are you planning a camping trip before the summer ends? If you are, listen closely. Bringing booze to a campsite can be a tricky maneuver. You can only carry so much in a hiking backpack and no one has time to lug around heavy bottles of liquor and a plethora of ingredients. That’s why we want to share these pre-mixed camping cocktails with you. They’ll make your life much simpler—plus, they’ll make your scaryc ampfire stories that much more frightening.

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    Suntory Whiskey in Space

    Featured Story / August 29, 2015 / No Comments.

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    Ever wonder what would happen to booze if it were sent to outer space for a few years? Well wonder no more – Japan’s alcoholic-beverage giant Suntory just delivered 5 whiskey samples to the International Space Station via their resupply spacecraft. But these samples aren’t for astronauts to shoot back; they’re for a special project. Suntory intends to study the aging process of whiskey by leaving the samples in space for a couple of years. The company produces whiskey at the oldest distillery in Japan, so the conglomerate has more than enough credibility to carry out such an endeavor.

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